Police: Car burglar caught wearing victim's coat

Police: Car burglar caught wearing victim's coat
Garron Mitchell Medicinecrow

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A homeless man accused of breaking into over 20 cars around Springfield and Eugene was arrested Thursday after a theft victim saw the man wearing his stolen coat.

Springfield Police officials said that Garron Mitchell Medicinecrow, a 21-year-old transient, was arrested on theft and burglary warrants, as well as stealing the coat.

Police received reports of more than 20 car break-ins in the last week, many happening in the Harlow Road and Gateway areas of Springfield. In each break in the suspect broke in a window and stole items from inside the car.

Early Thursday morning a man called police saying that he saw Medicinecrow walking along Centennial Boulevard wearing a coat stolen from his car earlier that week. Police subsequently arrested Medicinecrow on theft and burglary warrants at around 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Investigators said that the suspect multiple other items with him that had been reported stolen in eight of the break-ins involving shattered windows.

Medicinecrow was lodged at the Lane County Jail on the warrants and will be transferred to the Springfield Municipal Jail for his crimes committed in Springfield, including criminal mischief, theft, possession of burglary tools and unlawful entry of a vehicle.

Springfield Police said that they expect to file more charges and arrests as they continue to investigate the break-ins.